God made a covenant promise to Abraham that foretold the coming and purpose of Jesus Christ. Since God made this statement in Genesis 12:1-3, He has been in the business of blessing families. God’s purpose in Jesus coming was to bless all the families of the earth.
“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’”
The primary unit through which God has committed Himself to work is the family. God is the “blesser.” The devil is the “curser.” Through Jesus Christ, God is intent on blessing all the families of the earth.
The meaning of the word “blessing” is “to receive, accept, ascribe high value to, and consider a person as a success.” The Hebrew verb used for the word to bless is “Baruch.” A primary meaning of this word is “to empower to prosper!”
What does it mean to prosper? In our culture we primarily think of prosperity in terms of money. But that is not all this word entails. A better definition of this verb “to prosper” is to thrive, to succeed, to do well. It’s a word that primarily means “to have a pleasant journey.”
To enjoy a pleasant journey in life one must be empowered to prosper through praise, affirmation, and value. Blessing is meant to impart God’s image of identity and destiny into each member of our family.
The Role of Parents
Parents hold a powerful key to the future lives of their children in blessing and cursing. Parents can literally empower their children to prosper and thrive as adults in their marriages, family relationships, businesses, ministries, health, and finances. Parents can also mar, cripple, and literally prevent their children from thriving and prospering in all these same areas of adult life. Parents are God’s ordained agents through whom identity and destiny is imparted.
Once again, the key that parents have in empowering their children to have a pleasant journey in life is to impart God’s image of identity into them by valuing them and affirming them. Speak to their destiny by blessing them with forgiveness and assurance that through even mistakes and failures, they are accepted, loved, and forgiven. This is a God’s protection for preserving our inheritance and heritage for our children.